If you simply cannot wait any longer and Boris' announcement has meant your big day can now go ahead from June 21st, here is our guide to what you can and cannot plan for your big day in line with the current wedding restrictions.

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Invite More Guests

There will no longer be a maximum number of guests set out in law. However, the number of attendees at your wedding will be determined by how many people your venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Ask your venue manager for more details. 

Outdoor or Garden Weddings

A marquee or other structure in a private garden must have at least 50% of its walled area open at any time for it to be classed as ‘outdoors’.

Risk Assessments

If you plan on having more than 30 people in your chosen venue or outdoor space, you must complete a COVID-19 risk assessment to determine how many attendees will be able to attend. Go to gov.uk to find out how to complete one.

Social Distancing

Instead of instructing people to stay 2 metres away from anyone they do not live with, people are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19.

If it’s not possible to keep 2 metres distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others at 1 metre by taking suitable precautions:

  • Limit the number of people or households that you come into contact with.
  • Sit or stand side-by-side or behind other people, rather than facing them.
  • Meet people outdoors, rather than indoors.
  • Keep interactions brief.
  • Increase ventilation.
  • Avoid loud talking or singing with others.

Face Coverings

Attendees and staff at a wedding ceremony or reception must wear a face covering (except when eating or drinking), unless exempt. There is no legal requirement to wear a face covering when outdoors. This includes when inside a marquee, provided at least 50% of the walled area is open.

Singing

Congregational and communal singing is strongly advised against. However, indoor and outdoor professional performances can take place. There is no limit on the number of professional performers, but this should be determined by how many the venue can safely accommodate. Any performances by hired bands or singers should follow the performing arts guidance.

Amateur choirs, bands, or musicians should only perform in a group of up to 6 indoors. Outdoors, however, they may perform in groups of up to 30.

Dancing

Dancing is advised against except for the couple’s ‘first dance’. Dance floors can be repurposed for additional seating in line with the social distancing guidelines. Speeches should be outside or in well-ventilated areas and PA systems used to amplify speech.

Food and Drink

If your wedding is taking place at a COVID-secure venue where alcohol is served, all food and drink must be ordered, served, and consumed by the customer while seated at a table.

Useful Information and Links

So, there you have it. Your wedding can be a magical, safe event for you and all your guests if all guidelines are followed.  For more information and details, visit some of our recommended websites:


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